Sun 23 Jul 2023

Munster victory sets up final round thriller in Junior WRC

The FIA Junior WRC title battle will go down to the final round of the season following part-timer Gregoire Munster’s victory at Rally Estonia on Sunday.

Luxembourg's Munster, who was simply out to gain experience to supplement his WRC2 campaign this season, triumphed by just 8.1sec over Laurent Pellier after four intense days of competition on Estonia's superfast gravel roads. With championship leader William Creighton enduring a troubled weekend, the series will be decided at September's EKO Acropolis Rally Greece where double points are on offer. 

Ahead of the weekend there was a slim chance that Creighton could take home the title with one round to spare. However, a broken steering arm ruled the Irishman out of contention on Friday. He did manage to return to action and collected 11 Wolf Stage Win points to bolster his championship charge.

Rounding out the top three was Paraguayan youngster Diego Dominguez, who languished almost three minutes behind Pellier at the finish. He trails the Frenchman by six points heading to Greece with Creighton a further 21 points up the road. 

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